So, it was back in 2016 that I was forced full speed into running, which in turn led to me getting into fitness and evolving into CrossFit now. I had signed up for the London Marathon Ballot, having never run a 5k let alone a 10k as an adult. I was encouraged by a colleague of mine to give it a shot, he was an avid runner and describes the elation and buzz you get from running such a prestigious race in YOUR CITY, with the streets lined with supporters cheering and willing you on. Then October comes around and the ballot results are out, oh shit!!! I am running a Marathon…. I was lucky in the respect that I didn’t train properly, didn’t get in my long runs and still got out alive with no injuries and a time I was happy with back then….(4:37)
Well in 2017 I got the dreaded SORRY magazine and a jacket that doesn’t fit properly, I was tempted to run for Charity but in the end decided not to run it. Instead I went along to be on Cheer squad duties to support some wonderful friends running it Mickey, Tommy, James, Tom, Becca and many more amazing people smashing it. The FOMO was unreal, I was so incredibly proud of my friends running it, but also so envious. I knew I would have to run it again one day, I couldn’t imagine it any other way!
So, the ballot rolls around again, and of course I throw my name into the hat…. but this time I get a LAME email, no magazine to tell me! Just an email! The magazine came through days after with another top attached that guess what…. doesn’t fit! I had resigned myself to not running it again, giving up on the marathon dream. That was until Brine got involved and suggest applying for a charity place with VICTA, I hadn’t heard of them before but after some research I knew they were the ones I wanted to run with. VICTA offers much-needed support for children and young people who are blind or partially sighted, as well as their families across the UK. Being a father of a beautiful, wonderful healthy daughter I realise how lucky I am and want to take this opportunity to help those not so fortunate, so it is with that in mind that I can proudly announce that I will be running the 2018 Virgin London Marathon for VICTA!
I would really appreciate any support you can offer, donations, fundraising tips, raffle prizes and being there on the day to tear the roof off with the cheer squad. I’m incredibly excited to share my journey with you, including how I will bring a varied training schedule into play by keeping CrossFit as a large part of my training schedule.